Connect Your Own Renewable Energy System

With the increasing popularity of renewable energy, we want to help our members learn more about installing their own solar or wind generation system as a way to save money and protect the environment.

Notice to Cogenerators

In compliance with Minnesota Rules Relating to Cogeneration and Small Power Production, Chapter 7835, Dakota Electric Association is required to interconnect with and purchase electricity from cogenerators and small power producers that satisfy the conditions of a qualifying facility.

Dakota Electric will provide free information to all interested members regarding rates and interconnection requirements. An interconnection application is required and subject to approval from the cooperative before a qualifying facility interconnects and operates in parallel with the cooperative’s distribution system. Any disputes over interconnections, sales and purchases are subject to resolution by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

For more information, call 651-463-6180.

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Electric Service Handbook

This guidebook provides key information about Dakota Electric’s requirements for interconnecting with its distribution system.   LEARN MORE

Distributed Generation Rates and Conditions of Service

There are several rate options available for distributed generation (DG) facilities that are interconnected to Dakota Electric’s distribution system.  Participation in each option depends on the size and type of generation being installed.

Qualifying Facilities (QF)

“Qualifying Facility” means a cogeneration or small power production facility which satisfies the conditions established in Code of Federal Regulations, title 18, part 292.  For most Dakota Electric members, these are on-site solar and wind generation facilities.

QF under 40 kW:

Rates available for QFs under 40 kW include:

    • Net Metering: “Net metered facility” means an electric generation facility constructed for the purpose of off-setting energy use through the use of renewable energy or high-efficiency distributed generation sources.
    •  Simultaneous Purchase and Sale: The simultaneous purchase and sale rate is available only to qualifying facilities with capacity of less than 40 kilowatts which choose not to offer electric power for sale on a time-of-day basis.
    • Time-of-Day:  Time-of-day rates are optional for qualifying facilities with capacity less than 40 kilowatts.

QF 40 kW and larger:

Rates for QFs 40 kW and larger include:

    • Time-of-Day:  Time-of-day rates are required for qualifying facilities with capacity of 40 kilowatts or more and less than or equal to 100 kilowatts. Time-of-day rates are also optional for qualifying facilities with capacity greater than 100 kilowatts if these qualifying facilities provide firm power.
    • Contract:  A qualifying facility with capacity greater than 100 kilowatts must negotiate a contract with the utility setting the applicable rates for payments to the customer of avoided capacity and energy costs.  Such contracts will be with Great River Energy (Dakota Electric’s wholesaled power supplier).

Rider for Distributed Generation

Minnesota Statute 216B.1611 directed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to establish generic standards for the interconnection and parallel operation of distributed generation fueled by natural gas or a renewable fuel, or another similarly clean fuel or combination of fuels of no more than ten megawatts of capacity. Dakota Electric’s Riderfor Distributed Generation describes the conditions of service applicable to eligible on-site distributed generation resources. Purchases of energy and capacity from DG covered by M.S. 216B.1611 and receiving service under Dakota Electric’s Rider for Distributed Generation are made under the terms and conditions of Great River Energy’s Rider for Distributed Generation.

C&I Interruptible Generation

During times of peak electricity use, Dakota Electric asks members to reduce their electrical load by at least 50 kilowatts (kW). Businesses achieve this reduction by manually reducing their load or installing a generator to power their facility during the peak demand period.

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With the increasing popularity of renewable energy, we want to help our members learn more about installing their own solar or wind generation system as a way to save money and protect the environment.